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Study Composition at Otago

A comprehensive training in Composition (including Music Technology and Song-Writing) for students at all levels of study.

Broad-ranging in content, composition offers students training in many forms of musical creativity and music style.

In the first year of study, students may specialise in one area or mix different interests, such as Classical Music or Popular Music. In the following years, opportunities are made available for specialisation in writing for other media such as film, dance, television or theatre.

There are no minimum entry requirements for the first-year composition papers, although students with little or no music reading ability are strongly encouraged to up-skill in the first semester through the paper MUSI 191 Introduction to Music.

Students who complete the 36 point third-year paper MUSI 331 Composition Projects can choose to have their Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree endorsed in composition.

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Requirements

MUSI papers

Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
MUSI101 2024 Materials of Music 1 18 Semester 2
MUSI103 2024 Popular Music 18 Semester 1
MUSI104 2024 World Music 18 Not offered, expected to be offered in 2025
MUSI105 2024 Music Matters in Human Life 18 Semester 1
MUSI131 2024 Composition 1 18 Semester 2
MUSI132 2024 Music Production 1 18 Semester 1, Semester 2
MUSI135 2024 Songwriting 18 Semester 1
MUSI140 2024 Performance Studies 1 18 Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI141 2024 Performance 1 36 Full Year
MUSI146 2024 Contemporary Music Performance 1 36 Full Year
MUSI191 2024 Introduction to Music 18 Semester 1
MUSI201 2024 Materials of Music 2 18 Semester 1
MUSI223 2024 Classical Music 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI232 2024 Music Production 2 18 Semester 2
MUSI233 2024 Electronic Music Production 18 Semester 1
MUSI234 2024 Contemporary Composition 18 Semester 2
MUSI240 2024 Performance Studies 2 18 Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI241 2024 Performance 2 36 Full Year
MUSI246 2024 Contemporary Music Performance 2 36 Full Year
MUSI249 2024 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 Summer School
MUSI259 2024 Special Topic: Practical Conducting 18 Summer School
MUSI260 2024 Special Topic: Vocal Performance & Recording 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI261 2024 Music and Visual Culture 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI265 2024 Music and Theatre 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI266 2024 Film Music 18 Semester 1
MUSI267 2024 Music in Aotearoa 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI268 2024 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI269 2024 Popular Music 2 18 Semester 2
MUSI270 2024 David Bowie 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI301 2024 Materials of Music 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI323 2024 Classical Music 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI331 2024 Composition Projects 36 Full Year
MUSI332 2024 Music Production 3 18 Semester 1
MUSI333 2024 Electronic Music Production (Advanced) 18 Semester 1
MUSI334 2024 Music Production Projects 18 Semester 2
MUSI340 2024 Performance Studies 3 18 Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI341 2024 Performance 3 36 Full Year
MUSI346 2024 Contemporary Music Performance 3 36 Full Year
MUSI349 2024 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 Summer School
MUSI361 2024 Music and Visual Culture 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI365 2024 Music and Theatre 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI366 2024 Film Music 18 Semester 1
MUSI367 2024 Music in Aotearoa (Advanced) 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI368 2024 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI369 2024 Popular Music 3 18 Semester 2
MUSI371 2024 Research Methods and Approaches 18 Semester 2
MUSI375 2024 Music Performance Pedagogy 18 Semester 2
MUSI386 2024 Community Project 18 Not offered in 2024
MUSI401 2024 Materials of Music (Advanced) 20 Not offered in 2024
MUSI407 2024 Radical Works 20 Not offered in 2024
MUSI431 2024 Composition Portfolio 60 Full Year
MUSI432 2024 Studio Production 60 Full Year
MUSI441 2024 Performance 4 60 Full Year
MUSI442 2024 Repertoire Studies 20 Full Year
MUSI446 2024 Contemporary Music Practice 4 60 Full Year
MUSI471 2024 Research Methods and Approaches (Advanced) 20 Semester 2
MUSI475 2024 Music Performance Pedagogy (Advanced) 20 Semester 2
MUSI486 2024 Community Project (Advanced) 20 Not offered in 2024
MUSI490 2024 Dissertation 40 Full Year
MUSI590 2024 Research Dissertation 60 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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